Montgomery Village in Santa Rosa plans two free concert series

Pride & Joy (Press Democrat photo by Crista Jeremiason.) The Montgomery Village shopping center in Santa Rosa will open two free, live outdoor concert series this month, both running until early October in the center’s Village Court area. And before the two series start, the center opens the [...]

By | May 7th, 2014|1 Comment

Dan Earl conducts his last four Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus concerts

Dan Earl (Press Democrat photo by Kent Porter) Popular local choral director Dan Earl might not be considered shy, but he certainly is retiring. Earl, now 71, retired in 2005 after 39 years of full-time teaching, 28 of them spent as a music teacher at Santa Rosa High [...]

By | April 22nd, 2014|2 Comments

Healdsburg Water Carnival canceled due to drought, other events still scheduled

Great Russian River Race, 2013. (Photo by Kent Porter.) Drought conditions in Northern California have had an impact on some popular annual river celebrations, including one cancellation, but others remain scheduled as planned. A quick update: The Healdsburg Water Carnival, popular in the early 1900s and resurrected from [...]

By | April 17th, 2014|2 Comments

Santa Rosa actor stars in new film ‘The Mendoza Line’

"The Mendoza Line," a new independent film starring Santa Rosa comedian and actor Juan Carlos Arenas, will screen at 8 p.m. April 25 at the Roxy Stadium 14 in Santa Rosa. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Arenas and the film’s writer and director, Nathan Kaufman [...]

By | April 16th, 2014|1 Comment

Billy Currington, Lifehouse headline 2014 Sonoma County Fair

Billy Currington Grammy-nominated country music star Billy Currington, the American rock band Lifehouse, young Australian pop star Cody Simpson and Radio Disney's Coco Jones will be the headliners at this summer’s Sonoma County Fair. The fair, themed “Peace, Love and Fair” this year, opens July 24 and runs [...]

By | April 15th, 2014|7 Comments

Rock drummer Mickey Hart’s artwork on exhibit in Napa

Mickey Hart Grammy Award-winning drummer Mickey Hart has never stopped experimenting, from his earlier days with The Grateful Dead to the present. Hart has collaborated with San Francisco choreographer Alonzo King, and with scientists across the country, who helped him translate brain waves, and light waves from space, [...]

By | April 11th, 2014|0 Comments

John Lasseter honored by San Francisco Film Society

  John Lasseter John Lasseter of Sonoma, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will be honored at the annual San Francisco Film Society awards night gala May 1 at the Regency Center in San Francisco. Lasseter, creator of "Toy Story" and other animated hit [...]

By | April 8th, 2014|0 Comments

Santa Rosa artist included in Northwest Watercolor Society exhibit

'Bosc and D'Anjou Discover the Portal to Secret Valley' by Hal Wright. Santa Rosa artist Hal Wright has been invited by the Northwest Watercolor Society to show one of his paintings at its 74th annual International Open Exhibition, running from April 19 to June 6 in Tacoma, Wash. [...]

By | April 7th, 2014|0 Comments

Sonoma County artist Jack Stuppin spotlighted at San Jose art fair

Artist Jack Stuppin. (Press Democrat photo by John Burgess.) As a pioneer of the Silicon Valley high-tech boom, who turned full-time painter decades ago, Jack Stuppin sees a fateful pattern in this bit of news: Stuppins’ colorful, imaginative Sonoma County landscapes will be shown April 10-13 at the [...]

By | April 4th, 2014|0 Comments

Mario Cantone of ‘Sex and the City’ plays May 9 at Wells Fargo Center

Actor, comedian and singer Mario Cantone, best-known as flamboyant wedding planner Anthony Marantino on the HBO series "Sex in the City," will perform May 9 at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Cantone will be backed by musical quartet for the cabaret-style style show, to be presented in the center’s [...]

By | April 3rd, 2014|0 Comments